CLOVIO, Giulio
(b. 1498, Grizane, d. 1578, Roma)

Pietà

1550s
Tempera over metal point on parchment on wood, 368 x 257 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Giulio Clovio was the last of the great miniaturists, bringing the fulsome forms of the Late renaissance into manuscript illustration - a medium rendered rarefied by the currency of printed books. Clovio, a daring colourist, was a friend of Michelangelo and the teacher of El Greco. These various currents are visible in this virtuoso example of sixteenth-century expressionism.